Sportsmen and women are excellent at pain management. They have already adapted their minds to tolerate pain levels that would make the likes of you and me wince at the very least, or go whining to the doc.
The third whammy, and it’s a real humdinger, is confidence. It’s gone.
Sportsmen and women are excellent at pain management. They have already adapted their minds to tolerate pain levels that would make the likes of you and me wince at the very least, or go whining to the doc. Elite Athletes understand that oftentimes they will be nursing some minor injury and be pushing through the ‘pain barrier’ as they chase the supreme goal. Anyone watching the recent Aussie Tennis Open will know that some players were nursing themselves through. And by heck didn’t they do well.
What about when crisis really comes. When there is a very real injury, a torn tendon, a snapped hamstring, a groin injury? Mind power alone won’t fix those and the sports journals are littered with stories of working through these types of injuries and even worse working through them during an adrenalin filled match only to find that too much damage has been done afterwards.
Injury becomes a triple whammy. There is the injury itself, plus the white coats advising that ‘it will take x weeks’ and ‘another y weeks before’, and of course the coach in the background ‘encouraging’ a speedy return. The third whammy, and it’s a real humdinger, is confidence. It’s gone.
Questions like ‘am I ready’, ‘when can I start back’, ‘is it really fixed’ amongst others, underline and undermine a return to fitness and peak state. What was taken for granted has gone. You just want to be able to do what you did before….without thinking about it. Every little twinge in the affected area alerts you that you are ‘damaged’. A little reminder.
Well ….. not only is there a ‘magic’ panacea that can significantly speed up healing times, it also turns that switch in your head back on. The talent, the natural ability……the confidence all comes flooding back. Amazing.
Take a look at hypnotherapy. Here in the ‘West’ we have been a bit slow to recognise the potential despite huge amounts of supportive research evidence. In the 1950’s the Russian Olympic entourage included 11 hypnotherapists. Wow. What if each football club had one, each boxing club had one or even every athletic club had a hypnotherapy consultant on board? World Cup here we come.
And all they do is get you to recognise and use the power of your own mind!! Sportsmen and women are already familiar with the power of their own minds, they already have some excellent focusing techniques, motivational techniques……what about injury aid? Hmmmmm not thought of that have we?
Anyone for tennis?